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Detroit's mayor uses government money to push alcohol.

Updated on May 19, 2017

In January, 2017, the mayor of Detroit, Michigan, Michael Duggan, gave a $40,000 Motor City Match Grant to David Keyte, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, so that Keyte could start a bar in Detroit. The project is not only a bar, it's also a brewery, and it does more than just sell alcohol, it actually manufactures alcohol. Customers will be able to go inside and buy beer that was brewed on the premises. The new brew-pub will be called Eastern Market Brewing company and will be built in an abandoned building, the building is a two-story brick building with 5,200 square feet of floor space. The project is located on Riopelle street, between Winder and Adelaide.

The question is...do we need more alcohol? If you consider all the social problems in our society that are caused by alcohol, you must ask yourself, why is the government using taxpayer's dollars to build a factory that manufactures beer? Don't we have enough beer already? There was no public debate on this project, and apparently, there is no way for the city council to veto it. We're not even sure that Duggan is the real mayor of Detroit, because there were questions about how he got elected. When Duggan ran for mayor, he was instantly disqualified because he did not actually live in the city of Detroit, his address was out in the suburbs. When Duggan realized he had been disqualified, he decided to run as a write-in candidate. Although his name was not actually on the ballot, voters could write his name in, to vote for him, so he 'won' the election as a write-in candidate. Tom Barrow (who had run for mayor several times and had lost each time) led an investigation of Duggan's write-in signatures and found that many of the signatures appeared to be identical, obviously it was just Duggan's henchmen who were cranking out phony votes, not real voters. Despite protests by Tom Barrow, Duggan was installed as mayor.

How much could alcohol corrupt a public official? Well, we're still trying to answer that question. Certainly, pubic officials can be corrupted by alcohol, but we don't know how far-reaching this corruption has spread. Recently, a woman was arrested for drunk driving in the suburbs of Detroit. The woman who was arrested was Susan Brockmann. Susan Brockmann was arrested in Bruce Township on September 11, 2016. She is a member of the city government where she lives, she is the city clerk who works for the city of Bruce Township, she has been clerk since 2008. On September 11, 2016, she was found in her car in the parking lot of the Bruce Township city hall, and she was drunk. She was so drunk that her car hit a police car, when the police were trying to investigate. The police showed an obvious bias in her favor. Although they arrested her for drunk driving, they agreed to keep the arrest secret, because she was running for re-election. Since she was running for re-election, they thought that any negative publicity wold hurt her chances for re-election, and so the police kept the news of her arrest hidden, until after the election. She won re-election, but now that the news is out, Bruce Township residents are calling for her to resign.

I was looking at a website that had some facts about alcohol's cost to society. It said, the use of alcohol claims more than 88,000 lives each year in the United States, mostly through drunk driving accidents and other accidents that occur while people are under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol-related crashes kill someone every 22 minutes. 34 per cent of murders committed in the U.S.A. were committed by someone under the influence of alcohol. The suicide rate among alcoholics is 30 times higher than non-alcoholics. 36 per cent of people who committed suicide were drinking alcohol immediately before them killed themselves. Another website said that the economic impact of alcohol-related problems is estimated at 249 billion dollars a year, and that works out to an average of 807 dollars for every person in the U.S.A.


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      DeepakSahu 

      17 months ago from New Delhi

      This really amazing post Anthony! How any mayor use government money to push alcohol that is the main cause of the nuisance in the society. I think alcohol is not good for any society. http://www.packers5th.in/

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      RTalloni 

      17 months ago from the short journey

      This is a thoughtful post. So glad you included the facts about some of the costs at the end. If you add links or references to your sources you would increase the validity of your article, especially if they are qualified studies. Also, including links/references to sources on the facts re Duggin and Keyte would help your hub and its readers. Glad to see the topic is being explored for there is much to it that most do not want to face.

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